Keeping your body hydrated is crucial to staying healthy and feeling good. Your body requires water to function properly and help with things such as regulating body temperature, removing bodily wastes, and even lubricating joints.
Current Recommendations for Daily Water Intake
Body Weight (lbs) / 2 = # of ounces of water recommended for daily intake
If you weigh 150 pounds, 150 lbs / 2 = you should drink 75 ounces of water daily.
If you are feeling thirsty, chances are you are already dehydrated. Dehydration is not something to be taken lightly and can have serious consequences. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of dehydration so that corrective actions can be taken.
Mild to moderate dehydration symptoms:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Decreased urine output
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Severe dehydration symptoms:
- Extreme thirst
- Irritability and confusion in adults
- Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
- Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
- Sunken eyes
- Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
Mild to moderate dehydration can typically be treated by increasing fluid intake. Severe dehydration is considered a medical emergency and the affected person should be taken to the hospital.
Dehydration can be caused by many different things. Likely culprits for dehydration include: vigorous exercise, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, excessive sweating, or even some medications.